25
Jan

Club bans captain after attack on fan

Non-league side Goole banned captain Karl Colley for life after he attempted to fight a visiting fan in the stands following a red card.

After Colley was sent off for a tackle on Coalville’s Cameron Stuart, video footage showed the 30-year-old defender make three attempts to confront a heckling fan, appearing to throw a punch at him on the second occasion.

The Football Association will reportedly look into the incident on Monday, while Goole wasted no time with their response:

"Straight after the game he was sacked," Goole secretary Andrew Morris told Press Association Sport. "This is one individual. I spoke to Coalville after the game and they said also it was one individual. This is a shame because we’re just a group of volunteers. It’s disgusting and embarrassing."

A statement on Goole’s website backed up what Morris said, adding: “After the deplorable incident at today’s home game against Coalville Town, we can confirm that the player responsible has been released by the club.

"We are a family club and incidents of this nature have no place in football and will not be tolerated at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. The club acted quickly and decisively and released the player with immediate effect and as such the player in question will never play for our football club again. We apologize to each and every supporter at the game today and whilst as a club, we can’t legislate for incidents of this nature, we will not tolerate them from anyone."

The website also listed Colley’s number of past clubs, with Newcastle named as his first. Records show he made a number of friendly appearances for the Magpies.

Coincidentally, Colley’s disgraceful act came on the 19th anniversary of Eric Cantona’s infamous attack on a Crystal Palace fan, for which the Man United player was arrested and convicted for assault, as well as banned from world football for eight months.

2
Nov

Player punches opponent, somehow gets away with it

Could you hear that punch?

It’s hard to imagine that anybody who was at the scene did not. Incredulously, the match officials for a semi-pro game in England’s Northern League neither saw nor heard Birtley player Mark Brereton’s right-handed haymaker smack against the face of Heaton Stannington’s Paul Blakely.

Blakey was soon rushed to a local hospital with a suspected broken jaw, while Birtley’s manager was able to substitute Brereton off following the referee’s failure to react to the shocking assault.

From Sky Tyne and Wear:

Brereton immediately walked off the pitch but instead of being sent off the officials allowed him to be substituted as none of them had seen the incident.

Heaton Stannington assistant manager Geoff Walker said: “Their coach apologised on the lad’s behalf but I said if it was one of our lads he wouldn’t kick a ball for us again.

“The officials have come up to us at the end and said they didn’t see it but I think there is plenty here that did see it.”

At least karma got the better of Brereton and his side. Heaton Stannington went on to win the match 3-0.

H/T 101GG

26
Oct

Five players sent off in massive brawl at end of Argentinian match

Ah yes, the Argentinian league is always such a fun, family-friendly affair.

In what unfortunately is too common of an occurrence — last week, a brawl broke out between Boca Juniors and Godoy Cruz — two Argentinian club teams came to blows at the end of a league match, resulting in five red cards.

Arsenal de Sarandi were playing Gimnasia on Saturday with a chance to close in on league leaders Newell’s Old Boys, but after blowing a lead in the second half and with time ticking away, Arsenal’s players grew frustrated by the opposition’s apparent time-wasting. In stoppage time, tempers boiled over when Gimnasia refused to give Arsenal possession back after a punctured ball had to be replaced on the sideline.

Arsenal thought this was bad sportsmanship leading to the brawl. In the end, two of Arsenal’s players and three Gimnasia players were sent off for their part in the carnage.

From PA Sport:

The match finished in heated fashion after a dispute about the state of the ball and what the home side saw as time-wasting.

The referee was forced to halt the match as police came on the pitch to attempt to break things up, and in the end Damian Perez and Nicolas Aguirre for Arsenal were sent off, as well as Gimnasia’s Ariel Garcia, Franco Mussis and Ricardo Diaz.

Could be worse, though. Imagine if that crazy referee from Kuwait was in charge of this match!

H/T Dirty Tackle

17
Oct

England youngsters involved in ugly dust-up during Euro qualifier

Boys will be boys.

England’s Under-21 squad had an easy time with Lithuania in Tuesday’s qualifying match for the Under-21 European Championships. But the Three Lions’ 5-0 thumping was marred by an ugly on-field dust-up between starlets Wilfried Zaha and Ravel Morrison.

The 20-year-old Morrison had already scored two goals in what was a brilliant performance by the West Ham midfielder, but with the match all but over, Morrison and Zaha had an argument that couldn’t wait for after the match.

After a fruitless free-kick, Zaha came over to confront Morrison, who responded by shoving his teammate in the face. Substitute Nathan Redmond quickly ran over to break up the fight before it got out of hand.

Following the match, Redmond said:

"It was just a bit of a disagreement, nothing else. We got back in the changing rooms and we sorted it out. You get that with teams everywhere, there is just a bit more of spotlight on this incident because it was for England.

We sorted it out behind the scenes. Rav’s a class player, sometimes he just has to move the ball a little bit quicker. Sometimes you do get a little bit frustrated with him, but you just have to let Rav be Rav because of the things he is capable of.”

For his part, Morrison said he couldn’t remember what happened, which is exactly something a son might tell his parents after a scuffle with his brother. “I can’t remember it, I’ve not seen it back yet to be honest,” Morrison added.

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Images: Daily Mail

13
Oct

Edgar Davids elbows opponent in the face, victim left needing skin graft

Image courtesy of Reuters

He’s always been a little temperamental, but Edgar Davids has taken it another step this weekend.

Not one to hide from the limelight, Dutch maestro Davids joined struggling side Barnet, who languish in the lower echelons of English league football. He couldn’t save them from relegation that season but, to much surprise, remained with the club in his player-manager capacity.

In one of his not-so-finest moments however, Davids lost his cool during a 20-man brawl against Wrexham on Sunday.

Image courtesy of Reuters

Deputizing at centerback, Davids — who insists his Barnet players call him “Mister”, and has ensured that he wears the no.1 shirt at the club — swung a wild elbow at former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright, leaving the victim needing a skin graft.

Despite a career littered with red cards, tough tackles and combative play, perhaps ‘Pitbull’ has gone a little too far this time.

23
Sep

Istanbul derby abandoned after fans storm pitch, throw chairs

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Soccer derbies don’t get any more contentious than those between Istanbul’s three major clubs — Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas — and unfortunately, fan violence marred the first derby of the Turkish Super Lig season.

The match between Besiktas and Galatasaray had to be abandoned after fans flooded the pitch to fight with security personnel and riot police.

Tempers boiled over after Galatasaray’s Felipe Melo was given a red card with the away side leading 2-1 and the match heading into stoppage time. At that point, Besiktas fans began making their way threateningly onto the field, causing the match officials and both teams to seek shelter in the dressing rooms.

What followed was pure chaos. Hundreds of fans stormed the pitch, many of whom carried lawn chairs as weapons. Chairs and various objects were hurled about, punches were thrown, and in the midst of the melee, the red-carded Felipe Melo was even hit by a bottle.

Reports suggest the havoc started after clashes between Besiktas fans and riot police took place inside the stadium, although the Turkey Football Federation will deliver their verdict, along with the official match result, in the coming days.

Watch video of the shocking violence below:

Videos: H/T 101GG

1
Apr

Bursaspor goalkeeper Harun Tekin must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed or something. Usually, when a fan runs onto the pitch, the invader is greeted by smiles and some head-shaking from the players (heck, Messi apparently even hugs them). But not Mr. Tekin, ohhh no!

Tekin, probably upset over his team’s impending 2-0 loss to Kasimpasa, didn’t even let the pitch invader get past his six yard box, pummeling the poor lad with a flurry of left and right hooks. Maybe Tekin should consider taking up boxing to let out his rage.

As Cristiano Ronaldo might say, “Calma! Calma!”